What to Expect for This Year's NFL Playoffs
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What to Expect for This Year's NFL Playoffs

The National Football League playoffs to determine the NFL champion are held after the regular season ends, with six teams each from the two major conferences qualifying. The teams compete in playoffs that culminate in the league’s championship game – the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl matches the winners coming from the two conferences – the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference—for one of America’s most beloved sports traditions.

What to Expect for This Year's NFL Playoffs

Conference Championship Teams

The playoffs of the National Football Conference will involve the top six teams seeded as follows:

            1st seed – Dallas Cowboys

            2nd seed – Seattle Seahawks

            3rd seed – Detroit Lions

            4th seed – Atlanta Falcons

            5th seed –New York Giants

            6th seed – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The playoffs of the American Football Conference will involve the top six teams seeded as follows:

            1st seed – Oakland Raiders

            2nd seed – New England Patriots

            3rd seed - Baltimore Ravens

            4th seed – Houston Texans

            5th seed – Kansas City Chiefs

            6th seed – Denver Broncos

The two conference champs will come together for Super Bowl LIon February 5 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Schedule

The NFL playoffs kick off with the Wild Card round that will be played on January 7 and 8. The division level playoff games will be held January 14 and 15. The championship games for the conferences will be played on Sunday, January 22.

Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI will mark the 14th consecutive year that the championship games will be held in February. The upcoming 51st Super Bowl will mark the third time the NFL championship games will be played in Houston, and the second time they will be played in the NRG Stadium, formerly known as the Reliant Stadium.  If the Houston Texans make it to the AFC championship (a long shot), they will be the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.